Experts have commonly theorized that early-stage access to computers and internet can persuade young people to pursue STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, and math). One software company in Mexico is already putting that theory to the test.
For nearly a decade, Mexico City-based Enova has been playing a pivotal part in developing young people’s interest in technology education, and has been working hard to reduce the digital divide in Mexico by equipping low-income students with computers and access to the internet.
The company’s technologies have been helping children learn everything from mathematics to English grammar across more than 150 learning centers. Tens of thousands of children have already made use of this institute since it was established.
Closing the digital divide also requires high-quality software to enhance the overall learning experience. Therefore, since 2012, the company has been developing digital libraries, of which there are about 25 available today. Not only do these libraries provide access to knowledge, they also offer apps that communities can use for education, as well as electronic versions of books.
To help children grasp things with greater ease, teachers at these centers use video games that reinforce the primary knowledge children acquire from playing. Through these educational games, students can apply their knowledge in order to gain new skills.
Enova also offers adults the opportunity to pick up skills in the subjects they like and find work online. In fact, anyone can enroll at Enova School and can learn about their chosen topics in their own style.
Enova’s founders say they’ve given thousands of students something this country’s education system has failed to do: full access to the Information Age.